Creationists don’t like The Clergy Letter Project, a strong, pro-evolution statement signed by over 13,000 Christian clergymen. Here’s the Wikipedia article on it: Clergy Letter Project. The Project is exceedingly troublesome for creationists because it flatly contradicts their claim that one can’t be a good Christian and also accept evolution.
When we say the Clergy Letter is a strong statement, we’re not exaggerating. Part of it says:
We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth, one that has stood up to rigorous scrutiny and upon which much of human knowledge and achievement rests. To reject this truth or to treat it as “one theory among others” is to deliberately embrace scientific ignorance and transmit such ignorance to our children. We believe that among God’s good gifts are human minds capable of critical thought and that the failure to fully employ this gift is a rejection of the will of our Creator.
Among those who dislike the Clergy Letter Project is Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed not only for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), but also for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, and for building an exact replica of Noah’s Ark. He is unquestionably the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
Ol’ Hambo has just written Is “Evolution Weekend” Needed “Now More Than Ever”?. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
This weekend colleges, institutions, and even churches will be celebrating Evolution Weekend and Darwin Day. This weekend of promoting Darwin and evolution takes place on the weekend nearest to Darwin’s birthday, February 12 (designated as Darwin Day). This year, because Darwin’s birthday is on a Sunday, Evolution Weekend and Darwin Day are taking place at the same time.
We appreciate Hambo’s reminder about Darwin Day. Then he says:
For the past 11 years, The Clergy Letter Project has been encouraging pastors and other religious leaders “to celebrate the interface between religion and science” (and by science they mean evolution) in their churches on Evolution Weekend. In a recent blog post, the founder of the Clergy Letter Project, Michael Zimmerman (an atheist, by the way), argues that we need Evolution Weekend now more than ever because, among other things, we live in a time “when ‘alternative facts’ are equated with reality” and “when evolutionary theory continues to be under attack in our public schools.”
Hambo isn’t happy about that claim. He tells us:
Now, we’ve often refuted the accusation that creationists deny science — or, as Zimmerman puts it, equate “alternative facts” with reality. Creationists don’t deny science — we love science!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Hambo continues:
Here at Answers in Genesis, we employ scientists who are actively involved in research (two of our staff have PhDs from Ivy League schools), and we publish the peer-reviewed Answers Research Journal to further scientific research and discussion.
We’ve seen their “research.” As for the claim that Hambo’s “journal” is “peer-reviewed,” well … yes, in a way. It’s reviewed by Hambo’s employees. Let’s read on:
What we do deny is the naturalistic, evolutionary interpretation that many scientists impose on the evidence. Zimmerman says “religion and science can strengthen one another,” which we agree with, of course — unless by science he means evolution and by religion he means a rejection of the revealed Word of the eyewitness Creator, which is clearly what he means.
If you let a creationist control the definition of words, then language has no meaning. A good set of definitions is provided by the National Academy of Sciences: Definitions of Evolutionary Terms. There’s also this: Scientific Hypothesis, Theory, Law Definitions. The National Center for Science Education has definitions right here. Another excerpt:
I find it interesting how evolutionists like Zimmerman complain that evolutionary teaching is under attack in public schools when it has been taught as fact for decades in the public education system. And attempts to permit teachers to discuss the problems with evolutionary ideas are often shot down or are sharply criticized.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Evolution under attack? Really? By whom? Surely not Hambo! Here’s more
Not only that, but publicly funded museums and most television documentaries, science shows on television, and science magazines or books teach evolution as fact. If evolution is such a robust and “proven” idea, why are evolutionists so concerned with the possibility of evolution’s problems being taught to students, and why are they worried that students might be exposed to creationist research?
Think about that phrase, “creationist research.” Has there ever been a more blatant example of an oxymoronic expression? Well, maybe “creation science.” One last excerpt:
Instead of celebrating the idea of evolution — which goes completely against the clear teaching of Scripture — we need to encourage Christians and churches to stand on the authority of God’s Word. God has told us how and when He created, and has given us an eyewitness account of history in His Word.
And so, according to Hambo, we don’t need Evolution Weekend or Darwin Day. Evolution isn’t under attack. All those preachers who signed on to the Clergy Letter Project are fools! If you need science, he’s got it — right out of the bible. You don’t need anything else — except maybe a visit to Hambo’s ark. And gift shop. And maybe a lifetime pass to the ark. And don’t overlook the opportunity of Planned Giving to Hambo’s enterprises. Yeah, that should take care of all your needs.
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